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Broadmoor Golf Club is a private golf club in Seattle, Washington, founded 90 years ago in 1924. It is located in the Broadmoor neighborhood of Seattle, just south of the University of Washington and west of Lake Washington.
Broadmoor is a tribute to designer/builder A. Vernon "Mac" Macan a leading golf course architect of the time. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1882, Vernon was a highly educated man attending Shrewsbury and studying law at Trinity College. In 1908, Macan emigrated to Canada, and was the architect for many golf courses in British Columbia and the northwestern U.S., including Royal Colwood, Inglewood, Fircrest, Hillcrest, and Colwood National.
Golf history hosted at Broadmoor over the years includes the $10,000 Seattle Open in 1945 with Byron Nelson, Harold "Jug" McSpaden, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead. Nelson took the tournament with a new world's record of 259 for 72 holes, 21 under par.
In 1952 at the LPGA Tour's Seattle Weathervane tournament, Betsy Rawls bested Babe Zaharias. In 1954, the 52nd Western Amateur brought Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Phil Harris to the course. In 1961, Broadmoor hosted the 13th annual U.S. Girls' Junior and the Seattle Open, where Dave Marr captured the $10,000 prize.
With the Seattle World's Fair, the Seattle Open in September 1962 attracted Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Dave Hill, Julius Boros, Doug Sanders, along with Hollywood stars Bob Hope, James Garner, Don Cherry, Dennis Morgan and Phil Crosby, and a crowd of 6,000 for the pro-am. The tournament was won that year by 22-year-old rookie Jack Nicklaus, his second victory as a professional, following his playoff win over Palmer at the U.S. Open in June. The Seattle Open was held for the last time at Broadmoor in 1964 and Billy Casper claimed the winner’s circle.